Dating in Italy can be a lot like playing the lottery. If you’re alone this Valentine’s Day and you find yourself fantasizing of a love affair in the Mediterranean — don’t.Even my mother was convinced I would come home in three months with an Italian boyfriend in tow.
I know it might sound ridiculous, but the aforementioned examples are literally things that I’ve experienced first-hand.
In Italy, you have to be able to do it all–work and keep a perfect house, all while looking like Sofia Loren circa late 1950s. A lot of Italian men are heinous neat-freaks and perfectionists when it comes to their house.
So in addition to getting your man to do to “manly” tasks, you guessed it…they typically like you to take care of tasks traditionally done by women fifty years ago.
Some examples are cooking like you won Master Chef Italy, ironing dish towels, and cleaning like a mad woman.
Also don’t hesitate to ask for advice, Italian men love to give advice on everything from which handbag goes best with your outfit to how to make your lasagna recipe even better (although it will never be as good as his mother’s).
Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at things), gender roles are still quite prevalent in Italy.
In all my experience with Italy, I have never ever seen an Italian girl drunkingly stumble in her Ferragamos. You have to get used to getting slotted into second place in many situations and accepting unsolicited advice from your Italian man’s mother.
We all love our mums, but I don’t think anyone loves their mamma as much as an Italian man. Many WAGs may take offense to this and I know that it can cause a lot of tension in the relationship, so…you’ve been warned.
with no Italian roots, you may run into quite a few stark cultural differences in your relationship with Mr. This is nobody’s fault, it is simply the contrast between upbringing and expectations in Italy.